Spam My Gmail Account

November 21, 2017 | By Andy | Filed in: Uncategorized.

How long does it take to fill up 1 Gig of storage with spam? How well do Gmail’s junk filters work? Let’s find out! Spam my shiny new G-mail account at prattboy@gmail.com Give my address to spammers, newsletters, annoying people, whatever, and let’s see how long it takes!

May 20, ’04
May 21, ’04
May 22, ’04
May 23, ’04
May 24, ’04
May 25, ’04**
May 26, ’04
Delivered to
Inbox
527
459
290
291
529
515/1727
Messages Marked as Spam
414
436
397
376
439
578
Non-Spam Conversations
13
8
9
6
6
2
Actual Spam
Messages
928
887
678
661
962
1093/2305
Total Number of Messages
941
895
687
667
968
2307
Spam Filtering
Accuracy
44.6%
49.2%
58.6%
56.9%
45.6%
52.9/25.1%
Total Space
Used
251 MB
268 MB
302 MB
Last Week
More Statistics
Last Week (View)
3778 messages were received, totaling 213 MB. 3917 were spam, and Gmail correctly identified 41.9% of these messages.
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As of June 15, my Gmail account is full.

Sorry for the lack of recent updates. Some personal events have prevented me from keeping updated totals. Look for a more thorough review in the near future.

As of May 25, 2004, I am using 30% of 1000 MB (302 MB). Keep that spam coming to prattboy@gmail.com! Some interesting things happening in Gmail land today.

**I was hit by a couple mail bombs today. One resulted in 999 messages over the course of about four minutes. The rest were from a separate mail bomb that arrived partly before the stroke of midnight and partly after (so the mail bomb should affect my Gmail stats a little tomorrow, too). All the messages were delivered to my inbox. I cannot confirm whether or not Gmail blocked any messages or if all messages were delivered. If the responsible parties could contact me and let me know how many messages they sent, that should shed some light on how will Gmail is able to handle potentially malicious attacks.

I have split up the filtering stats for the day. Gmail accurately categorized 52.9% of non-mail bomb messages. If you count the flooded messages as spam, the accuracy drops to 25.1%.

I’m beginning to think that a vulnerability to email floodings is going to be Google’s biggest weakness when it comes to email. 999 messages could do a lot of damage to someone’s email account, especially if they all contained attachments (the messages I received did not). What is Google doing to protect its Gmail users from mail bombs? I’m not sure, and they’re not likely to tell us due to security concerns. It may block some such attacks behind the scenes and we are not even aware of it. However, I would argue that this is one area where Gmail must have 100% accuracy if it is going to remain a viable service.

As of Mid-day May 25, 2004, I am using 29% of 1000 MB (291 MB). Keep that spam coming to prattboy@gmail.com! Sorry for the slow updates. I’ve been attending to my non-virtual life! Expect daily updates to continue now.

Interesting things going on here. Gmail reached more than 50% accuracy on the 22nd and 23rd, but it dropped to 45.6% on the 24th. So why the drop? Email is an ever changing, unpredictable beast… and all of you that have distributed my address are erratic variables in this experiment. prattboy@gmail.com has been distributed to varied sources and I receive new types of spam every day. Hopefully, however, Google will be able to gain a large enough sample through their beta tests in order to provide a better spam-filtering experience for all people involved. No matter how many times I report it, however, Gmail still hasn’t figured out that “Jen” who heard about me from “her good friends” is part of a scheme to get me to visit her dating website.

By the way, someone sent me hundreds of messages in the course of a few minutes earlier today. More details with tomorrow’s update.

Spam subject of the day: dude, get your free nokia color phone.
Dude! A free phone, dude? That’s totally awesome, dude!

As of May 21, 2004, I am using 27% of 1000 MB (268 MB). Keep that spam coming to prattboy@gmail.com!

Another jump in spam filtering accuracy today, which resulted in about a ten point improvement in Gmail’s spam filters in the past two days. A ten point jump occurred last Friday, as well. Perhaps Google updates its spam filtering algorithms during this time of the week? Or is it a coincidence? Continued examination should offer us some more insight in the future.

And seriously, y’all: I do not have any Gmail invitations available! Despite what you might have heard, Gmail members do not have unlimited invites at their disposal. Google is choosing when to allow members to invite others, and no one knows what formula they are using. I physically cannot grant you a Gmail account, even if you are curious and wish to write a review of the service. Instead of mailing me asking for an invite, try posting prattboy@gmail.com on a very public place where the spam-bots can pick it up, and drop me a message telling me about it. Sorry to let you all down. If you are really curious, eBay and Gmail Swap still have invites available for sale or trade.

Spam subject of the day: FWD: Forget sp@m blockers… whisper
0k@y. I ne.ver would h@ve gue ssed u w-ere a sp@m mes.sage. V1agra c1.al.1s., etc.

As of May 20, 2004, I am using 25% of 1000 MB (251 MB). A little over two weeks in we’re a quarter of the way to filling up the mailbox! Thank you for your support.

A slight increase in spam filtering accuracy is evident today. What’s the cause? Is it a fluke? If Gmail updates its spam filters weekly, we might see another jump tomorrow. Stay tuned to find out.

I don’t think that I have received a virus yet, but cannot confirm for sure since I do not open attachments. I have not seen any official word from Gmail on whether they filter our viruses with their spam controls. However, I have seen a lot of people with emails that state their outgoing mail is virus free, such as this notice:
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
Version: 6.0.688 / Virus Database: 449 – Release Date: 5/18/2004
Unfortunately, notices like these give a false sense of security. What’s to prevent me from emailing you a virus and pasting this notice at the bottom of the email message? I would recommend saving your email server’s processing power, and not appending this notice to every message.

Nearly all the non-spam conversations I received today were from individuals asking me to invite them to Gmail. Unfortunately, I do not have any invites available. If you are really curious and can’t wait to try out Gmail, try looking for Gmail invitations on eBay or at Gmail Swap. Both options will cost you in some way. If you don’t want to pay, you’ll probably have to wait until the end of the beta period. Google hasn’t given an official date for the end of the beta, but I’ve heard estimates from three to six months, meaning that it could be as soon as early July.

Spam subject of the day: Bob the Plumber
Mmmm-boy. Gotta read that email. It sounds soooo exciting.


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